After he makes the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus does not let us fend for ourselves. How easy it would have been for him to simply say he’d done his job and endured enough—enough of the lashes, the verbal abuse, the crucifixion, our lack of understanding.
I wouldn’t have blamed him. Yet this is not the God we serve. Jesus comes back from death, rises to the kingdom and lets us know we are not alone. With the Holy Spirit, Jesus is still here with us, overcoming death and sin, holding us tightly in God’s unyielding love, compassion, mercy and grace, just as he promises.
This message is an excerpt of “Pentecost promise” by Ralen Robinson in the June 2019 issue of Gather magazine. Please pray for Women of the ELCA’s executive board as they travel home from Chicago today.
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